There is bias everywhere – sometimes it’s obvious but in most cases it will be an unconscious that exists in our decision making. It isn’t really something that you expect in our own decision making or those of others until you stop for a moment and think about it. This was the moment that the penny dropped for Lanna and I about our own bias and where it comes from. The places where bias takes place has no boundaries including the family unit, business, socially, and culturally.
Bronwyn Williams is a ‘bias and diversity’ expert, and it will have you looking deep into yourself but a chance to understand how others work and operate. The very first step you need to take is to recognise that you might be bias. Being aware is the first step for you to be able to deal with any bias that you might have. “Learning to understand yourself is one of the best journeys you can make” says Bronwyn.
Bias is a human condition. Some of the unconscious ‘hurtful’ decisions we make, particularly when it is centered around people’s weight, age, culture, gender, race or sexual preferences is just a sample of the areas that we are able to see evidence of bias everywhere. We dive deep into the effect this has on people and the way it is used to keep people down.
Bronwyn was a fascinating expert to have on the experts podcast. This is a fascinating chat which resulted in Nic and Lanna investigating their own bias situations. Bias comes across as a negative condition but it’s not necessarily so. Understanding your own bias is not designed to make better decisions but maybe more healthy decisions. When it comes to the media though, we know there is bias and there always has been. It’s when you start to be more conscious of this that you can appreciate and understand all forms of media.
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